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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltergirl80
    I love the pink one! I thought I was one of those die hard stay original people; and I'd buy that pink one in a heart beat!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltergirl80
    Do you think painting my featherweight like this would ruin the value? https://sites.google.com/site/custom...t-playboy-pink
    I love the pink one! I thought I was one of those die hard stay original people; and I'd buy that pink one in a heart beat!

    Nancy
    This orange FW was on eBay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-SEWING-M...46ea0&x=22&y=2

    It sold for over $400.00!!!! I kind of like it. It reminds me of my daughter's Volks Wagon 'Thing' (a car that was only made for 2 years back in the 70's)--it was bright orange just like the FW in the picture. Here is a link to a picture of an orange "Thing" :
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/photophonic/2523755066/
    What a great color!

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    Ok you all, I got a free motion foot for my 15-88 treadle. I lowered the feed dogs with the thumb screw that is near the bobbin casing. I am trying to FMQ now on a Halloween 'cheater' panel. I am having a blast, but I am making a mess of a stitch. I loosened the presser on the foot with that top of the head screw, but I can't figure out where to put the stitch regulator? This 15-88 actually has a a stitch regulator that goes from 30 to 6. I am not sure if I should have it at either end? Would that help my stitch? On my Pfaff Grand Quilter I put the stitch on 0 that way I can control the length -- on this treadle it doesn't seem to matter, but my stitch is really tiny and icky? Any suggestions from you more experienced treadlers?

    I realize part of the problem is my treadling, but any help would be appreciated.

    Nancy

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    Billy, also I used the wheel on the 15-88 to stitch a pretty decent 'Happy Halloween' on the quilt (no treadling on that one! Now I want to put a hand crank on the treadle so I can use the hand crank or the treadle. Would that be a problem? Would I just have to move the belt over to use the Hand Crank, or can you use the hand crank with the belt still attached - would that hurt anything? I outlined the 'Happy Halloween' by turning the wheel and I did not disengage the belt for the treadle.

    Also, I need to purchase a hand crank for this 15-88 - it does have a spoked wheel.

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    This orange FW was on eBay:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-SEWING-M...46ea0&x=22&y=2

    It sold for over $400.00!!!! I kind of like it. It reminds me of my daughter's Volks Wagon 'Thing' (a car that was only made for 2 years back in the 70's)--it was bright orange just like the FW in the picture. Here is a link to a picture of an orange "Thing" :
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/photophonic/2523755066/
    What a great color!
    Cabbagepatchkid, I couldn't see the orange FW, already removed, but I did see the orange convertible! Very cool!

    There is a guy who goes to quilt shows in my area that re-paints the featherweights to sell. He does a lot of purple ones. One of my friends bought a purple one for $800! I would love to own a colored FW, but I can't pay $800 for one!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles

    Cabbagepatchkid, I couldn't see the orange FW, already removed,

    Nancy
    Go to that link and scroll down a little--it's still there but just not at the top of the page.

    Bonnie Hunt from Quiltville has a beautiful FW that she recently bought and she calls Hot Rod Magenta.

    http://quiltville.com/sewingmachines.shtml

    I L-O-V-E that color!!! It reminds me of the Duster's of the late '60's that were painted Moulin Rouge. Billy, what would this paint color be called? I had asked you several months ago about painting a machine this color.

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    WOW!! I am sooooo kicking myself for not grabbing that featherweight! I should have the machine I did buy this weekend, Gonna need some help IDing it so I can get some info on the needles and bobbins, etc. The bobbin case is kind of bullet shaped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Go to that link and scroll down a little--it's still there but just not at the top of the page.

    Bonnie Hunt from Quiltville has a beautiful FW that she recently bought and she calls Hot Rod Magenta.

    http://quiltville.com/sewingmachines.shtml

    I L-O-V-E that color!!! It reminds me of the Duster's of the late '60's that were painted Moulin Rouge. Billy, what would this paint color be called? I had asked you several months ago about painting a machine this color.
    Dodge called it "Panther Pink" and that is a color I was going to paint my FW until I found out that it was a very early one.

    Honestly I think the repaints bring the value of the machine up I can not tell you how many machines that are not the "Factory Black" go for 3 times the price of the original. I sell to a quilt shop and they sell theirs for $1000+ and I can not supply them quick enough.

    If the finish is really pristine I will not repaint them but if any decals are missing or it is scratched up then I am going to refinish it and change to colors up.

    Billy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles
    Ok I am having a blast, but I am making a mess of a stitch. I loosened the presser on the foot with that top of the head screw, but I can't figure out where to put the stitch regulator? This 15-88 actually has a a stitch regulator that goes from 30 to 6. I am not sure if I should have it at either end? Would that help my stitch?

    I realize part of the problem is my treadling, but any help would be appreciated.

    Nancy
    Nancy, your stitch regulator, stitch length, does not need to be set since you have lowered the feed-dogs. You will have to practice with movement of hands and the speed with which you treadle until you get a stitch that you like. My Halloween quilt has stitches that are very close together since I was going for a natural, uneven spider-web thread look and not the cutesy, even stitch length look. Have fun practicing! I would love to see your work too.

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    My new find, National/Western Electric Two Spool, which I picked up Monday from a person who saved it from going to the dump. This had been on CL for a couple of weeks. At first, I didn't know what it was when I saw the post. Well, I picked up another machine for free and was researching that one when I realized what this one was, a Two Spool. I immediately contacted the person asking about the machine and if it still had the can. He stated that he thought so. Next day, I made the drive to purchase my Two Spool. He was happy to see someone save the machine, and I now get to happily entertain myself with this beauty.
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